Volume 68 Issue 5 May 2018

A master of the early Renaissance depicts the moment that Christians regard as the confirmation of Jesus’ divinity.

Some of the most intelligent people in early modern Europe were convinced of the existence of merpeople.

There were many obstacles preventing women from becoming artists in the 18th century, but those who overcame them created some of the most influential art of their time. 

The urge to create a Greek nation state goes back millennia. Its success depended on a shared notion of ‘Greekness’ across widespread city states. 

The pushcarts of the Lower East Side epitomised New York’s bustling immigrant community. The drive to Americanise brought about their demise and changed the streets forever. 

Turkish archers versus Frankish heavy cavalry. The Crusades marked a period of technological breakthroughs in the art of war that would decide the conflict.

Despite the spiritual rewards of the medieval anchorhold, the desire to break free could be overwhelming. 

Crazy Horse and the allied leaders surrendered on 5 May 1877. 

‘The Welsh would be insuperable if only they were inseparable.’

Why did only some women get the vote in 1918 and what did they do with it?

‘Madame is dying … Madame is dead!’

Albania’s greatest military hero dedicated his life to fighting for his beleaguered homeland.

A new law exposes the problematic nature of Holocaust remembrance.

West German Chancellor, Konrad Adenauer, makes his farewell speech before resigning from office on 15 October 1963, with Willy Brandt, Chancellor...
Thiruvalluvar statue at Kanya Kumari, Tamil Nadu, India. The history of India is notoriously hard to define. ‘Quicksand in every direction. Dates and...
This book sells itself as ‘a sharp, often surprising view of the classical world by a major Classics scholar at Cambridge’. Frederic Raphael...
‘Has this country gone mad?’, declaimed the Democratic politician Daniel Patrick Moynihan in the Saturday Evening Post during May 1968. To...
Portrait of Lettice Knollys c.1541-1634) by Sarah Essex, c.1825. Over Christmas 1569, one of the keepers at Bolton Castle – recently abandoned by a...
‘Blowing mutinous Sepoys from the guns’, India, 1858. (Courtesy Ann S. K. Brown Military Collection, Brown University Library) In 1963 the publican...

In an age of renewed faction, a reminder of the power of friendship over politics. 

‘People think curators sit about in armchairs drinking tea while occasionally peering at an object. It’s a little more high octane than that.’

Visiting sites of importance can connect us with history – and each other – in a way that echoes the power of medieval pilgrimage.

Ethel Smyth took on the forces of inequality, in both politics and culture, producing highly acclaimed works of music that are now all but forgotten.